The FASS Undergraduate Summer Research Internship program is now accepting applications for Summer 2020. This initiative invites students to submit a research project that they propose to work on during the summer of 2020 in collaboration with a faculty member in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  The 1-page research proposal must be supported by a statement from the faculty member who will be supervising the project. Students must also submit their resume, an official transcript, copy of audit and a 1-page cover letter setting out the project they would like to research and what skills and experiences they hope to gain through this program.

In September 2020, student interns will be expected to give a brief presentation of their research (5 minute talk) at a FASS reception in their honour,  as well as submit a 2 page abstract that will be made available on the FASS website.  More information about the oral presentations will be available to successful candidates.


To be eligible students must have completed at least 2nd year of their undergraduate program, have a minimum GPA of 9.0, and be taking a program and/or a major in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. (If students have two Majors, one of them must be in FASS. Students are only eligible for funding in one Faculty and cannot hold two funded positions in different faculties). Students who are graduating in June are eligible for this program. Priority will be given to first time applicants.

Students will receive a stipend of $7500 (this total sum includes the 4% vacation pay that will be paid out, as well as statutory holidays) over the course of the summer. The expectation is that the research project undertaken will constitute a full-time occupation during the summer term.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2020

Applications should be submitted in one document and sent via email to the Associate Dean (Student Affairs), Anne Bowker, by March 13, 2020, copying Allyson Buchanan-Watson.

One application per applicant will be accepted.

Applicants should submit one file only which should include the following:

  1. Resumé
  2. One page Proposal – title must be clear
  3. Copy of audit
  4. Official transcript
  5. Support & approval of faculty member who will supervise (1-page maximum statement)
  6. Cover letter (1-page). Cover letter should also include:
  1. Carleton email
  2. Student Number
  3. Year Standing
  4. Program and Major
  5. Telephone number
  6. GPA

See 2019 Winners →

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies program.  Do I apply to the internship program for FASS or FPA?

A: You should apply to the faculty that houses your specialization.

Q: Can I submit two separate research project proposals?

A: No, only one proposal per applicant will be accepted.

Q: Throughout the summer internship, will I be required to do field work or online research?

A: Your research methods are of your own choosing, in consultation with your faculty supervisor.

Q: Do the summer interns get paid in one lump sum at the beginning of the summer?

A: No.  Pay is bi-monthly throughout the 16-week period.

Q: Do I conduct my summer reach on campus?

A: You are being paid to be on campus but there is no hard rule on this.  You are required however, to work closely with your supervisor and to conduct regular meetings.

Q: Can I use one of my supervisor’s research ideas?

A: No.  The proposal must be your own independent idea.